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[NEW] HAPPY HOUR ONE WEEK AWAY
Wednesday July 30th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
You are invited to the new Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network.
Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community.
These Happy Hour events will be held on the last Wednesday of every month from 5 to 7pm, and will be hosted by Sole Repair, located at 1001 East Pike Street on Capitol Hill (near the corner of 10th and Pike). Drink tickets and food will be available for this kick-off event. Must be at least 21 or older to attend. We hope to see you there!
FILM + MUSIC OFFICE SEEKING FALL INTERN
The Film + Music Office will be accepting applications until August 15th for an internship position that will start in September. The position is a six month commitment and requires at least 20 hours of work per week. Prior background in film or music is not required. Candidates must have strong communication and organizational/research skills, as well as being self-motivated. As an intern you will become a member of Film and Music team and be responsible for a host of ongoing duties as well as special projects. For more information about the position, visit the link above or contact our current interns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM TECHNICAL DIRECTOR POSITION OPENING
Northwest Film Forum seeks a Technical Director to manage and lead the technical, facility and exhibition of a Seattle non-profit film arts organization. The Technical Director oversees presentation of all exhibition programs, print traffic, box office and concession sales and much more. See the link above for more information. Applications can be sent to email@example.com.
CITY RELEASES CD OF LOCAL BANDS ROCKIN' CITY HALL
Get your free copy of Seattle Presents Volume Two featuring live recordings by Gabriel Teodros, Visqueen, Christy McWilson and more. The CD is only available at Seattle Presents concerts. Sign up to receive show updates and other insider information.
AMP SEEKS DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT
All-ages Movement Project is hiring a development director to start in September. The Director of Sustainability will work with the National Coordinator and advisors to build financial support for youth music programming and all-ages infrastructure. This Director oversees all fundraising activities of AMP while co-creating the organization's overall work plan and strategy.
HONK! FEST ORGANIZING COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU!
The first HONK! West (the local branch of HONK! Fest), a convocation of 13 street bands in Seattle from Washington, Oregon, Canada, Chicago, and Brooklyn, was a noisy fun success last Easter weekend. HONK! housed and fed 100 musicians from out-of-town, sponsored workshops open to the public, and gave free concerts on the streets, in clubs, and at all-ages venues in Ballard and Georgetown. In order to pull off a second, slightly larger and louder HONK! West next April, they need to find a few cooperative creative souls to help with publicity and fund-raising. Meetings will be every three weeks or so, in the most convenient neighborhood for all involved. Please respond to Lesli Dalaba (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FILM RAP: AN AFTERNOON WITH... JOHN AUGUST
John August (screenwriter of "Big Fish" and "Corpse Bride") will be interviewed by Warren Etheredge following a screening of August's directorial debut "The Nines," starring Ryan Reynolds. The screening will take place on Saturday July 26th at noon with the discussion beginning around 2pm. Both will take place at the Henry Art Gallery.
EMAIL COUNCILMEMBERS FOR CITY INSIDE/OUT: COUNCIL EDITION
Want the City to pay more attention to Film and Music? Now is your chance to have a member of the City Council hear it. Councilmembers Bruce Harrell, Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen will join host C.R. Douglas for City Inside/Out: Council Edition on the Seattle Channel Cable Channel 21 to talk about current Seattle events, concerns from residents, and what is next for the lawmakers. Send in your questions by visiting the website above by Thursday, July 24. Then watch for your answers Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. on the Seattle Channel (Cable Channel 21) or online anytime at www.seattlechannel.org.
MUSIC INDUSTRY NETWORKING NIGHT AT KING CAT
Biznik.com and Seattle record label Xil Records have teamed up to present a monthly series of business networking events designed to bring musicians together with bookkeepers, producers, attorneys, stage technicians, event planners, and anyone who wants to network in Seattle's thriving music industry. Beginning at 6pm on Thursday July 31st, drinks will be served in the newly renovated King Cat bar. At 8pm, there will be a live acoustic performance.
MUSICAL BENEFIT FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY'S OPERATION HOME DELIVERY
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents Jeremy Ryan, jazz pianist, hosting a Benefit for Habitat for Humanity's Operation Home Delivery, The Musician's Village, and The Ellis Marsalis School of Music. The show, taking place on August 11th, will benefit Habitat for Humanity's efforts to help the people of New Orleans recover from the devastation of Katrina. Special guest artists from New Orleans will be Herman Roscoe Ernest III (drums) and John Fohl (guitar) from Dr. John's Band and Leroy Jones (trumpet) and Craig Klein (trombone) from Harry Connick's Big Band.
CHAPEL IN WALLINGFORD KEEPS UP THE PACE WITH WIDE VARIETY OF PERFORMANCES
Nonsequitur and a cadre of affiliated organizations and artists present adventurous/"experimental" music ten times per month in the gorgeous Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center. The program hosts a wide variety of styles and genres including contemporary classical, free improvisation & the outer fringes of jazz, electronic & computer music, phonography, sound art, microtonality, minimalism, sound poetry, and other weird noise.
LOCAL FILM NOMINATED FOR 3 AWARDS AT THE AOF FILM FESTIVAL
The locally-shot thriller "GPS" has been nominated for three awards at the AOF (Action On Film) film festival. The film is up for: Best visual effects, Action film of the year, and Withoutabox's best action film.
THIS WEEK'S OUT TO LUNCH CONCERTS Thursday July 24th - Carrie Akre at Freeway Park
Friday July 25th - Chuck Prophet at Freeway Park
Tuesday July 29th - Greta Matassa at Occidental Square
Wednesday July 30th - Tony Furtado at Occidental Square
The Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District are proud to host the 29th season of the 2008 Out To Lunch Concert Series presented by Starbucks and Safeco. The free concerts run weekdays from July 7th through August 22nd between noon and 1:30pm. Locations vary, so check the link above for locations closest to you!
The Out to Lunch Concert Series continues this week with the following artists:
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 7/14 - 7/20
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Jesse Sykes - Gentleness of Nothing
- Green River - Dry as a Bone/Rehab
- Common Market - Black Patch War
- Head Like a Kite - There is Loud Laughter
- Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
IFC TAKES "BRILLIANCE"
IFC Entertainment announced its acquisition of the worldwide rights to writer-director Lynn Shelton's "My Effortless Brilliance." The film, which had its world premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival, will also screen as part of Rooftop Films in New York City on August 1. The film follows a novelist who decides to take a detour from his latest book tour to reconnect with his ex-best friend. IFC will release the film on Festival Direct in August 2008. "Films like 'My Effortless Brilliance' are why Festival Direct was created," said Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, in a statement. "With the shifting marketplace, a film as nuanced and beautifully directed might not have the opportunity to find its audience. We are giving audiences the opportunity to discover this wonderful and sometimes mysterious film about friendship and introducing them to an important new voice in American independent cinema, Lynn Shelton."
CLASSIC CRIME TAKES BACK ROCK ROOTS WITH NEW ALBUM
Seattle-based band The Classic Crime may have good reason to be on your iPod's most wanted list. Their sound is diverse, solid and it rocks. They have dabbled in dark and heavy, as well as introspective acoustic sets, which has not always kept their fans happy, but since when is that a crime? The success of their first album, well-received tours and a risky 2007 "Acoustic EP: Seattle Sessions" have brought them to where they are now with the upcoming release of their second full-length album "The Silver Cord," which will be unveiled July 22.
GIVING UP STARDOM TO BUILD VIOLINS
KUOW asks Doug Yule, former vocalist for The Velvet Underground, why building violins in Ballard is more satisfying than being a rock star.
"OPERATION FILMMAKER" PANEL DISCUSSION AT NWFF
Following the Saturday July 26th 4:30 matinee of "Operation Filmmaker," the Northwest Film Forum will host a panel discussion with local documentary filmmakers Bryan Gunnar Cole, John Jeffcoat, and John Sinno. The overarching questions to be explored by the panel are: What is the relationship of the filmmaker to the individuals and communities they portray? What is their responsibility in what is so often an unequal relationship?
FREE YR RADIO - MUDHONEY AND NO AGE TONIGHT
Free Yr Radio presents Mudhoney and No Age live in the KEXP parking lot Wednesday, July 23 at 8 p.m., near downtown Seattle at Denny and Dexter.
TEACHERS ENROLLED IN SCHOOL OF ROCK
The Seattle music scene is known for Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Death Cab for Cutie -- and after this summer, perhaps Recess Monkey. Recess Monkey is Seattle's hottest "kindie" rock band, and the pop trio is going national this week, releasing the album "Tabby Road" on Tuesday and kicking off its first nationwide tour at ACT Theatre on Saturday. After four albums and three years of rehearsals, the kid-rock band finds itself being discovered by the rest of the country. In the past year alone, the band was featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" and in The Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times and Christian Science Monitor. Not bad for three elementary school teachers who aren't about to quit their day jobs.
CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY ADDS DEVOTCHKA, THE HOLD STEADY
DeVotchKa and the Hold Steady join fellow headliners Kimya Dawson, Fleet Foxes, and Vampire Weekend for the Capitol Hill Block Party. The festival will take over Capitol Hill this weekend, Friday July 25th and Saturday July 26th.
EVERETT RAPPER TRIES TO BREAK INTO SEATTLE
Everett's MC Ripynt claims his hometown is his Achilles' heel. But Seattle's hip-hop elite aren't opposed to giving him a little northern exposure.
COMING SOON TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU...
The much maligned, much defended, much debated, much misspelled "Cthulhu" is opening in theaters August 22nd! No word on the actual Seattle venue yet, but we should be in the August 22 rollout. Additionally, Lynn Shelton's "My Effortless Brilliance" has been acquired by IFC and will be available on its Festival Direct video-on-demand service in August. A DVD is also forthcoming.
LOCAL HIP HOP + DONUTS = FUN TIMES
Just like last year, The Saturday Knights will be hosting a doughnut-eating contest, for some lucky fans at Top Pot Doughnuts downtown at 2 p.m. on July 26. The Saturday Knights will perform two songs in their entirety, and during that time a group of contestants (selected from the crowd) will try to eat as many doughnuts as humanly possible. Whoever is able to eat the most donuts will be crowned 2008 Doughnut Champion of the World. Nancy Guppy, of Almost Live fame is hosting the event. Last year Bob, of TSK labelmates The Blakes, tied for first place.
BLITZEN TRAPPER REVEAL FURR-Y FOURTH ALBUM
"Furr" was largely conceived in the spare moments between Blitzen Trapper's exhaustive tours in the wake of their 2007 breakthrough "Wild Mountain Nation," with songwriter/producer Eric Earley finding some inspiration in a tottering old piano the band found abandoned in a hallway and made its own. "Furr" is due September 23 from Blitzen's relatively new home Sub Pop.
DVORÁK BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE AT SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY'S SUMMER FESTIVAL
Last Wednesday night's brilliant performance of Dvorák's Quintet for Strings in E-flat Major at the Seattle Chamber Music Society's Summer Festival brought the audience to its feet. The series continues through Aug. 1 at Lakeside School and Aug. 6-15 at Overlake School.
AMC OPENING NORTHWEST'S FIRST ALL-DIGITAL CINEPLEX AT SOUTHCENTER
The opening Friday of AMC's luxurious 16-screen multiplex at Westfield Southcenter in Tukwila is a milestone event in local movie history. It's the first large-scale cinema in the Northwest in which every projector is digital.
48 HOURS OF MOVIEMAKING IS A SUCCESS FOR TEAM JUICEBOX
The Seattle P.I. follows award-winning production company Team Juicebox as they attempt to make a seven-minute Western in 48 hours.
JONATHAN EVISON, LESSONS FROM THE PRE-GRUNGE SCENE
Crowded bars, punk rock concerts, bonfires in the middle of Pioneer Square - these were the kinds of things that Jonathan Evison was into in the mid 1980s. Jonathan's new novel is called All About Lulu. In it, he tries to capture what he calls "the velocity of adolescence" he experienced in Seattle's pre-grunge scene.
"WARGAMES": A LOOK BACK AT THE FILM THAT TURNED GEEKS AND PHREAKS INTO STARS
Over the years, the Seattle set and shot "WarGames" has written itself into the cult lore of Silicon Valley. Google hosted a 25th-anniversary screening in May, where keyboard jockeys cheered Broderick's DOS acrobatics. (Imagine "Rocky Horror," but picture the audience in Hawaiian shirts and mandals.) "Many of us grew up with this movie," Google cofounder Sergey Brin told the packed house. "It was a key movie of a generation, especially for those of us who got into computing."
BASSIST BUDDY CATLETT, A SEATTLE NATIVE, BRINGS JAZZ HOME
During the 1940s, bassist George James "Buddy" Catlett roamed the streets of Seattle as a teenager, performing with such future luminaries as trumpeter Quincy Jones and pianist Ray Charles. Now, at the age of 75, Catlett is still a major part of the foundation that makes up Seattle's jazz scene, recently starting an ongoing gig at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant with trumpeter Bob Jackson and others.
BRITAIN'S FIRST ECO-NIGHTCLUB RECHARGES ITSELF WITH THE POWER OF DANCE
As the clubbers in Britain's first-ever eco-nightclub rave their little hearts out in the coming months, they'll be doing their part to conserve energy. Well, their feet will be, because the energy that powers 60% of the club is going to be generated by the springy dance floor beneath them. The springs in the floor are connected to power generating blocks made of piezoelectric crystals that produce current when subjected to pressure. Beyond the self-sufficient floor, the club will also sell organic spirits served in polycarbon cups; and the bathrooms will feature a recycled water system for flushing the toilets. Entry to the club costs about $20, but clubbers who can prove they arrived on foot, bicycle or public transportation will get a free pass (so long as they sign a pledge promising to work towards curbing climate change too, that is).